Adobe: Next Photoshop Won’t Support Windows XP

Adobe: Next Photoshop Won’t Support Windows XP
Technology
Like Us On Facebook
Like Us On Facebook

Apparently 11 years was long enough. Microsoft released Windows XP in 2001, and Adobe said today that the current CS6 version of Photoshop will be the last one to support the operating system.

“The Photoshop team would like to provide advanced notice that Photoshop CS6 (13.0) will be the last major version of Photoshop to support Windows XP,” Adobe Product Manager Tom Hogarty said in a blog post.

The reason, he said, is that modern performance-sensitive software requires modern hardware graphics interfaces that Windows XP lacks, in particular a way to tap into the power of graphics processing units (GPUs):

Leveraging advances available on newer operating systems and hardware allows us to deliver significantly better performance, and focus our innovation efforts around the areas of the greatest benefit to our customers.

Photoshop CS6 already demonstrates that relying on a modern operating system, graphics cards/GPUs and graphics drivers can lead to substantial improvements in 3D, Blur Gallery and Lighting Effect features not available to Windows XP customers. The team hopes that by providing this information early it will help you understand our current decisions around operating system support and where we we’re headed with future releases of Photoshop. We encourage all customers who are currently using Windows XP to begin making their migration plans now so they can fully take advantage of future Photoshop innovations as soon as they are available.

Adobe will provide bug fixes to the current CS6 version, he said. Adobe has added a newCreative Cloud subscription option for the entire Creative Suite 6 and other software, for which customers pay $50 per month with an annual commitment, and one of its perks is that new features slated for CS7 will arrive as soon as Adobe is done with them. Those new features also won’t come to Windows XP users, Hogarty said.

Adobe already dropped Windows XP support for the current version of a related product, Lightroom.

There are still millions of Windows XP users in the world, but the tide is starting to turn. Windows 7 just overtook Windows XP in Net Applications’ monitoring of Internet site usage, for example.

Microsoft has been trying to push people toward newer versions for years, too, most recently toward the dramatically different Windows 8 that’s finished but not formally launched to the public yet.

Another big company announced a related decision yesterday: Google announced it won’t support Google Apps on IE8, the most recent version of Internet Explorer that runs on Windows XP. Windows Vista and Windows 7 both can run IE9, and Windows 8 comes with IE10.

That population of Windows XP users won’t be totally left behind by Google’s decision, though; they can use Firefox, Opera, or Chrome, or can install Google’s Chrome Frame extension for Internet Explorer.

via CNET

Share Tweet
React
Like Us On Facebook
Like Us On Facebook

Julian Sonny

From the sandy beaches of Hawaii, to the streets of New York: Julian has seen it all. His lifetime of travels has given him a broad scope of knowledge and an eclectic taste unlike any other in the tri-state area. Julian has often been compared to cultural icon, The Rock, because of his unequivocal work ethic and warrior-like stature.

More In Technology

Technology Sean Levinson

Scientists Are Developing A Way To Cut HIV Right Out Of Peoples’ DNA

A prescription drug designed to combat cancer has been found to be able to reveal HIV hidden in DNA, allowing the immune system’s T-cells to attack the virus. HIV hibernates within the immune system’s CD4 cells, making it undetectable for current screening technology and ready to attack should patients cease antiretroviral therapy, thinking they have […]

Technology Alexia LaFata

New Roofie-Detecting Device Looks To End Date Rape Once And For All

Women everywhere are told to watch their drinks at parties and clubs. Leaving one’s drink unattended increases risks of sexual assault, especially with date rape drugs lurking around too many corners. But could a new device actually prevent date rape from happening? The pd.id, created by Canadian technical entrepreneur David Wilson, is a tiny, portable device that, if […]

Technology Alexia LaFata

The Future Of Safe Sex: New Condom In Australia Is Covered With An HIV-Killing Lubricant

The world’s second biggest condom maker, Australian-based Ansell, has teamed up with biotech firm Starpharma to create a condom that actually kills HIV, herpes and other sexually transmitted viruses. Starpharma developed an antiviral compound called VivaGel that has been proven to inactivate 99.9 percent of these infections, and Ansell has come up with a range of condom […]

Also On Elite

Humor

Elderly Couple Goes Straight YOLO And Poses With Their Flipped Over Car (Photos)

Crashing your car can be an incredibly traumatic experience, and most people tend to deal with an accident by yelling at someone on their phone or crying hysterically (with some people doing both simultaneously). However, one elderly couple took a dramatically different approach after rolling their car in the middle of a street in Los […]

Envision

Chinese Artist Enlists The Help Of Bees To Create Remarkable Sculptures (Photos)

A Beijing-based artist and beekeeper named Ren Ri decided to team up with his bees to create interesting sculptures. The artist’s series is titled “Yuansu,” which refers to the Chinese word for “element.” Each sculpture is crafted out of pure beeswax that is housed in transparent plastic polyhedrons, according to the Huffington Post. These plastic […]

Entertainment

5 Reasons Why Robin Williams Is The Greatest, Not Only In Comedy But In Life

Famous Mr. Funny, Robin Williams admitted himself into rehab yet again, but this time, as a preventative measure. The comedian has been in this predicament before; his previous rehab visits were declared with intentions of coming out clean, since his bad habits were taking over his life. However, with his most recent admission declared a “precautionary” […]

World

Man Turns Into An Ape In Only 3 Minutes In Incredible Time Lapse Makeup Video

It’s true that humans and chimps have almost the exact same DNA, but it’s crazy to actually see a visual that depicts the likeness. Emily Van Tassel – who has no make-up experience at all! – transforms a man into an ape in this impressive time lapse video. She gives the man a prosthetic “Planet of the […]